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  • Sunday Gospel reflection with Fr. Bill Grimm

    September 09, 2016

    God keeps coming after me, offering forgiveness and wisdom. The reason could not be in myself. Someone so perverse as I cannot deserve God's searching love, but I receive it all the same. It can only be because God loves me regardless of how I act.

  • Philippines' all-out war on illegal drugs

    August 26, 2016

    President Rodrigo Duterte is dubbed "The Punisher" for a reason. The long-time mayor of the southern Philippine city of Davao has brought with him his unorthodox approach to justice when he was elected president in May. His unconventional style, coupled with tough talk and promises to bring swift solutions to the problems besieging the country, appealed strongest to his supporters. He promised to wage a brutal and bloody war against the illegal drug trade and criminality within six months in office. Hundreds have been killed in his mere six weeks into office. Majority of the fatalities were gunned down in the streets or dumped with the so-called "cardboard justice," identifying them as narcotics dealers.  Almost 600,000 self-confessed drug addicts and dealers who fear for their lives have turned themselves in to authorities, reports the Philippine National Police, who has the backing and support of the president in this endeavor.  (Text and photos by Vincent Go)